Personal and professional papers, 1896-1987, of Bishop John Boyd Bentley, Bishop of Alaska and Director of Overseas Missions for the Protestant Episcopal Church and personal papers, 1895-1983, of his wife Elvira Carr Bentley.
Includes comprehensive records of his ministerial career including records of his official acts and texts of sermons and invocations. There is some correspondence relating to Bentley's career, including letters from W. A. R. Goodwin (1869-1939), Rector of Bruton Parish Church, Williamsburg, Virginia; Peter Trimble Rowe (1856-1941), Bishop of Alaska; and Henry Knox Sherrill (1890-1980), President Bishop of the Episcopal Church.
There is material relating to Bentley's work in Alaska, including a series of letters to his wife, 1930-1937, describing his travels on the Alaskan frontier. The collection also includes a photograph collection as well as diaries, correspondence, and photographs which chronicle his tours of the Far East in 1949; a world tour, 1959-1960; and tours of Latin America, 1960-1961. There are audio-cassettes of his autobiography.
Organization: This collection is organized into 7 series. Series 1 contains papers and correspondence; Series 2 contains bound volumes and other related material; Series 3 contains photographs; Series 4 contains oversized material; Series 5 contains artifacts; Series 6 contains audio tapes; Series 7 contains the addition to the collection. Arrangement: This collection is arranged by chronologically by date. Series 1: Papers and Correspondence, is further divided into the following subseries: genealogical material, the papers of John Boyd Bentley, and the papers of Elvira Carr Bentley.
Folder for Series 7 (addition 1994.90) filed as Box 3, Folder 23.
Books received with the John Boyd Bentley Papers have been removed and relocated within the Manuscript and Rare Books Department, Swem Library, College of William and Mary.
The New England Primer. Boston: Printed by Edward Draper, 1777.
McGuffey's Eclectic Primer. Newly Revised. Cincinnati: Sargent, Wilson & Hinkle, n.d.
Willson, Marcius. The First Reader of the Second Family Series. New York: Harper & Bromers, Publishers, 1860.
My pretty country Picture Book of lane, and lake hill, and brook. London: T. Nelson and sons, n. d.
Confederate Memorial Day. Hampton: Hampton Weekly News Press, 1894.
Freeman, Douglas Southall. R. E. Lee: A Biography. 4 volumes. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1934-1935.Inscribed by the last surviving member of Lee's staff.
Pershing, John J. My Experiences In The World War. 2 volumes. New York: Fredrick A. Stokes Company, 1931.Inscribed by Gen. Pershing.
Bruton Parish Churchyard and Church: A guide to the Tombstones, Monuments, and Mural Tablets. Williamsburg, VA: Bruton Parish Church, 1976. Dedicated to Bishop Bentley; inscribed by the Rev. Cotesworth Pinckney Lewis, Rector.